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forces move closer to libyan shores. i'm katie couric. so tonight, the battle over state budgets. our new poll finds most americans oppose cutting the pay benefits, and union rights of public employees. h.p.v., the virus that can cause cancer in women is now found in half of american men. and "assignment america." you don't want to run afoul of this goose. >> i've seen her go up and scare the heck out of pit bulls. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. secretary of state hillary clinton could not have put it more bluntly. she says it's time for libya's moammar qaddafi to go. and the united states and our allies are stepping up the pressure on him to do just that. clinton said no option is off
the table, including imposing a no-fly zone which would ground libya's air force. today the u.s. moved a destroyer and a marine amphibious task force closer to libya, and the treasury said at least $30 billion in libyan assets have been frozen. in spite of all that and with much of libya in opposition hands, qaddafi still refuses to leave, telling abc "all my people love me." we have a team of correspondents in the region. first, kelly cobiella in tripoli >> reporter: for the second time, a funeral in this eastern suburb of tripoli turned into a protest. people here claimed qaddafi's gunmen killed five of their neighbors during demonstrations last friday. what you don't see are qaddafi's security forces, as they arrived shooting their guns in the air foreign journalists were forced to leave. a cell phone camera caught this battle 125 miles from the capital in the city of misurata.
qaddafi's men have been trying to retake an airfield and ammunitions depot for days and still haven't won. closer to the capital, just 30 miles to the west, anti- government protestors are holding the oil refinery town of zawiyah. overnight, the government sent in 2,000 soldiers to surround them and they're bracing for yet another battle. today a government spokesman told a roomful of reporters both al qaeda and western powers are creating chaos in libya. >> the imperialist powers of the west want the libyan oil. here it is again, the magical word. i'm sure as journalists you've heard it many times before and you've seen it in action before. oil. >> reporter: the government is trying to keep the support of the people in tripoli any way it can. loyal residents were invited to collect a special payment to help them through these hard times. in large parts of tripoli, life goes on. people are out spending their $400 gift from the qaddafi
government, many of them either unaware or in denial about the crisis rising around them. these tents are checkpoints manned by qaddafi's civilian supporters to keep order. ask the people here if they feel safe and they all answer the same. >> very good. no worries. >> reporter: yet stores now close early-- if they open at all. and the line for bread keeps getting longer. >> they say a picture is worth a thousand words. >> reporter: we know the government is trying to put down these pockets of resistance but we find it very difficult to report ourselves. the government has said repeatedly that we have unrestricted access here, but when it comes down to actually going to certain neighborhoods, they're always escorting us and they always tell us when to leave. in fact, we asked to go back to the scene of those protests where the security forces showed up today and were told no. kelly cobiella, cbs news, tripoli.
>> couric: the entire world is waiting to see the impact of the crisis on libya's oil industry which is critically important to that country. libya is the world's 17th- largest oil producer. it accounts for a quarter of libya's economy and 80% of its revenue. right now the opposition is said to control most of the oil fields. today mandy clark went to one of libya's biggest oil facilities. >> reporter: if the volunteers manning this roadblock look nervous, it's because they're guarding a strategic prize on libya's coastline, the el brega transport terminal which separates east libya-- in the hands of the rebels-- from qaddafi's last stronghold on the road to tripoli. >> reporter: the guards let us in to show they are protecting libya's most vital natural resource. this facility is key to getting libya's oil exported out to the rest of the world.
from what we've seen, it seems pretty secure, but there's also no evidence that the oil in these tanks is going anywhere. this libyan engineer who was afraid to show his face told us shipments were on hold. qaddafi is still fighting, still bombing this area. why are you still coming to work? >> reporter: but you still come to work. >> reporter: libya was exporting 1.5 million barrels of a day and el brega is one of a series of major facilities that dot the mediterranean coastline. crucially, all but one are in the eastern part of the country where qaddafi has lost. the big fear is that qaddafi will strike out to take the territory back or simply destroy what he cannot control. while we were at the terminal,
we got word from the rebels that government planes had bombed the next town over. when we got there, we found the local militia frantically trying to load an anti-aircraft gun manned by an excitable officer. these men told us a weapons depot nearby has been bombed and they were now worried about a ground attack. >> reporter: in this part of the country there's real fear the revolution could quickly turn into an all out civil war. many people are preparing for that possibility and stockpiling weapons and there's a faction here that believes the rebels should take the offensive, gather forces and march on tripoli. katie? >> couric: mandy, is it realistic to think enough forces could be marshaled from eastern libya and take on trip tripoli? >> well, certainly here there's a belief the rebels have enough
momentum and man power to make the trip. but the worry is and the problem is the town of surt which is qaddafi's hometown and stronghold and that lies right in the middle of the route to tripoli. >> couric: mandy clark reporting from benghazi, libya, tonight. mandy, thank you. an estimated 100,000 refugees have fled the violence in libya. many are stranded along its border with tunisia, the country where this wave of uprisings began. the president was ousted last month, but as allen pizzey reports from tunis, that hasn't stopped the protests. >> reporter: listening to this crowd, you'd never know that the revolution which began here two months ago, sent a dictator into exile and spread across the middle east. "down, down with the dictator" they chant. as far as the protestors in casbah square are concerned, the old regime still hasn't got the message.
>> reporter: and the potential for violence is on a knife edge. without warning, a shot rang out soldiers pushed into the crowd and grabbed a man. some said he had a knife, others a gun. protestors claim supporters of the regime use a $60,000 slush fund to pay thugs to foment violence. in this case, it was a nervous trigger finger away. it didn't go that well over the weekend. at least five people were killed in violent clashes from the capital's central business district. the tension in flash point areas is palpable. plain-clothed police who make little or no attempt to hide what they are routinely grab and search young men and tried to prevent us from filming even the most ordinary activities. evidence of the violence was still being cleaned up today. now the street is cut in half by razor wire and guarded at either end by armored personnel carriers. not even the resignation of the interim prime minister who said there was a conspiracy to
undermine the revolution, was enough to satisfy the protestors. they insist the entire government must go along with corrupt businessmen who profited from it. >> they have a lot to lose with this new revolution for them that privileges will be lost. >> reporter: the fact that the revolution seems to have only just begun is a warning to other leaders facing the same resistance. the few concessions won't do. allen pizzey, cbs news, tunis. >> couric: in other news, he's behind bars and behind the biggest financial scam in u.s. history, but in a new interview, bernie madoff says he is really "a good person." behind bars and only able to call collect, bernie madoff is doing what he can to tell his side of the story. >> it was a nightmare for me, only for me. >> reporter: in more than a dozen phone calls to steve fishman of "new york" magazine, madoff expresses remorse for his $65 billion ponzi scheme but
also maintains it wasn't so bad. >> reporter: he's claiming his financial fraud had nothing to do with enriching himself or his family. >> couric: madoff says he even tried to save his clients before it was too late. >> couric: and even as his house of cards grew increasingly unstable, madoff says he didn't believe it would actually
collapse. >> couric: about the suicide of his son mark in december, madoff said he cried for well over two weeks and he said "i destroyed our family." now to those protests in wisconsin over plans by the republican governor to cut the compensation of public employees and limit their right to negotiate with the state as a group-- which is known as collective bargaining. in a cbs news/"new york times" poll out tonight, 56% of americans say they oppose cutting the pay and benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits. and 60% oppose taking away collective bargaining rights. more from dean reynolds. >> scott walker has got to go! >> reporter: the madison protests are not slowing down but wisconsin governor scott walker is give nothing ground.
>> the facts are the law is on our side. we have a right to do this to the statutes and that's what we're doing. >> reporter: he may have the law but our new poll indicates walker and like-minded republican governors do not have public opinion on their side. added to the 56% who oppose cutting pay and benefits and the 60% who say government union workers should keep the right to bargain as a group is the finding that more americans think the pay and benefits of public workers are about right as opposed to those who think they're too high. the demand from conservatives for union sacrifice has been a staple of news coverage for weeks augmented lately by corporate donations and ad campaigns. >> our state budget's in big trouble and it's only fair that everyone pays their fair share. government workers, too. >> reporter: that's an argument that resonates with some. >> everybody's... has to make some concessions because nobody wants to pay higher taxes.
>> reporter: but our poll found that when it comes to closing budget deficit the people actually do prefer paying higher taxes over reducing benefits or making specific spending cuts. that surprised new jersey governor chris christie, a republican and strong advocate of big benefit cuts for government workers. he was skeptical about our poll's findings. >> i understand you guys... it's an entertaining story and you want to keep it going so i'm sure you word it had poll in a way that kept it going. >> reporter: but this is the second major national poll in a week to find the public has less appetite for limiting the rights and benefits of unions than many of the politicians they elected. katie? >> couric: dean reynolds. thank you, dean. still ahead here on the "cbs evening news," the unusual bond between man and poultry in steve hartman's "assignment america." but up next, h.p.v., the virus that causes cervical cancer in women now a growing threat for men.
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>> reporter: 64-year-old dennis willmeth never imagined he would get cancer from a sexually transmitted virus. >> the h.p.v. virus. >> reporter: did you know what that was? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: he and his wife karen greenfield both dated before they married four years ago. she knew h.p.v. causes cervical cancer but tongue cancer in her husband? >> nobody else that i've talked to has ever heard of h.p.v. virus causing cancer in men. >> reporter: evidence shows two- thirds of cancers of the tongue and tonsils are caused by h.p.v. and 80% of these occur in men. >> it seems like ten or more partners really is the threshold. that's where we start seeing the bigger jump in risk. >> reporter: researchers found that while 50% of healthy men were infected with genital h.p.v., only 6% had the strain that causes most h.p.v.-linked head and neck cancers. in 90% of people, the virus goes away on its own, but it may
persist in men more than women. >> it takes one situation where you don't clear the virus that you can develop cancer. >> reporter: dennis willmeth and his wife are participating in a study to learn more about how this virus spreads through sexual activity. >> there are going to be multiple opportunities for infection to enter the mouth, whether it's the fingers, whether it's through sexual activity, and that could consist of kissing or oral sex. >> reporter: after chemo and radiation therapy, dennis has been cancer free for a year. there's no embarrassment or blame. >> it's nice to be married and be in love and have someone who cares about you and, as my daughter would say, she puts up with my stuff. >> reporter: today's research is sure to provoke more discussion in the coming months about whether public health officials should recommend vaccinating boys against h.p.v. as they do now for girls. katie? >> couric: dr. jon lapook, jon, thank you. and one other health note, america's pediatricians called today far nationwide ban on indoor tanning for anyone under
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i don't expect them to. you can't process me with a normal brain. >> couric: sheen threatened to sue cbs for breach of contract and said he's ready to go back to work on "two and a half men." but sheen, who reportedly earned $1.8 million per episode said he now wants $3 million. cbs had no comment. now to the death of a legendary hollywood sex symbol, jane russell, known for her dark hair and full figure. she starred in comedies and musicals throughout the 1940s and '50s. perhaps her best-known role was alongside another sex symbol, marilyn monroe in "gentlemen prefer blonds." jane russell died today at her home in california. she was 89. and coming up next, take a gander at this goose. steve hartman's "assignment america." as a manager, my team counts on me to stay focused.
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here begin their daily routines. some go for a swim. some hunt and peck for food. and one just stands there by the side of the road patiently waiting for her mate to return-- on his scooter. >> as soon as she sees me, she'll come. >> reporter: she is a toulouse goose named maria. he is a retired salesman named domenic. >> how are you, baby? have. >> reporter: together they have become the talk of echo park. >> how was your night, maria? >> they walk around the park together like they're in love. it's wonderful. >> people would look at us like what is this? >> reporter: they've never seen a guy walking with a goose before? >> it's pretty much a fact. >> reporter: it all started about ten months ago when maria simply started following dominic. he wasn't feeding her, he wasn't coaxing her, he was just one of probably a thousand people who walk around the lake everyday. but there was something about
his waddle that did it for maria and she's been smitten ever since. >> the other geese are not allowed to be near me on account of maria. oh, she gets mad. >> reporter: and it's not just other geese. >> i've seen her go up and scare the heck out of pit bulls. >> reporter: maria doesn't want any species stealing her man. >> maria, be nice, don't bite the dog. >> reporter: if she had her druthers, she'd never let them out of her sight. >> see she's go home with me. she'd fly all the way home. there's no doubt in my mind. >> reporter: he knows because she tries-- almost everyday she tries. he'll take off on on his scooter and maria will be right there, right by his side. unfortunately, although dominic is a bachelor, he says he's not ready for a live-in goose friend, so he returns to the park and either has someone keep maria behind a gate long enough for him to sneak away or, often times, he'll simply sit at a bench and wait for maria to fall asleep. has it changed you in any way?
are you a different person in any way? >> i quit eating poultry. >> reporter: you did? >> i used to think birds were dumb. this has changed all that. >> reporter: they've always claimed that love has no bounds. but now we have proof of it. >> isn't she an angel? >> reporter: thanks to one devoted love bird and a goose. >> you're beautiful! >> reporter: one footnote, in a few months the city has to drain the lake for a cleanup project maria will be temporarily relocated. not sure where yet but hopefully within scooter distance. katie. >> couric: that was one strange story. but i liked it. steve, thank you so much. and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. i'm katie couric. thank you for watching. i'll see you back here tomorrow. good night. capt and that attorney didn't stop there. the string of . >> you are watching cbs 5 in
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